Hope Valley Via
Big Meadow and Scotts Lake


Summary

Difficulty 3 Intermediate
Length 5.2 miles one-way
Starting
Elevation
7250 feet
Cumulative
Elevation
Change
+950, -1050 feet
Navigation Road and map
Time Half day
Season December through April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Echo Peak, Freel Peak
Start Highway 89, 5.0 miles south of Meyers. There is a turnout on the north side of the road.
End Highway 88, 1.5 miles southwest of Picketts Junction (junction of highways 88 and 89). There is an old gate on the west side of the road.


Description

This tour converts the Scotts Lake Via Big Meadow tour into a one-way tour to Hope Valley. In doing so the solitude of the tour to Scotts Lake is retained and the tour ends with a wonderful 900-foot descent with lots of room to maneuver. Without a doubt, this is the way to visit Scotts Lake if you have a shuttle vehicle. It also eliminates the need to descend the relatively steep, often heavily worn, section from Big Meadow back to the trailhead.

Regardless of whether you retrace your route or ski one-way to Hope Valley, at Scotts Lake you will find yourself to the south of Waterhouse Peak, Hope Valley is to the east, and the horizon to the east is dominated by Pickett and Hawkins peaks.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.4
Elevation change: +300, -50 feet

Begin by locating the trailhead on the south side of the highway and 50 yards east (uphill) from where Big Meadow Creek crosses the highway. From the trailhead (1) ski south along the east (left) side of Big Meadow Creek for 0.4 mile until you reach Big Meadow (2). Stay far enough to the left of the creek to avoid the brush.

Miles: 0.4 - 0.8
Elevation change: +50 feet

Ski southeast (left) through the meadow for 0.4 mile until you reach the location where Big Meadow Creek enters the meadow (3).

Miles: 0.8 - 1.4
Elevation change: +250 feet

Enter the woods and ski along the creek for 0.6 mile until you reach another meadow (4).

Miles: 1.4 - 2.7
Elevation change: +300, -50 feet

Locate the road on the far north (left) side of the meadow and ski east and then southeast on the road for a total of 1.3 miles until you reach Scotts Lake (5).

Miles: 2.7 - 4.1
Elevation change: +50, -500 feet

Continue to ski on the road, which passes on the north side of Scotts Lake, for 1.4 miles until you reach a road junction (6). The road becomes steeper as you descend and makes one sharp turn along the way. You may prefer to leave the road and pick your own path east; this way you will have more room to maneuver. Feel free to zigzag down through the fairly open woods where the telemarking terrain is excellent.

Miles: 4.1 - 5.2
Elevation change: -450 feet

If you encounter the road junction, follow the fork that heads east (left) for 1.1 miles until you reach Highway 88 (7). If you have already left the road, continue to descend east until you reach the highway.

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